Omicron on Aug 1st 2012 at 2:22:51 PM
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Nadim on Jan 3rd 2018 at 9:05:19 AM
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Related to Parlor Games, but simpler. The premise is that there is a vague, nonspecific agreement on the 'rules' of forfeit minigames such as Punch Buggy (you may punch someone if you spot a VW Beetle before they do, provided you call out "Punch Buggy <colour name>"), Jinx (when two or more people say something at the same time, inclusive of yourself, you may Jinx them, which depending on the variant may require them to remain silent until you say their name, they give you a Coke or some combination of the above) and Fire Hydrant Free Hit (when a person that walks over a Fire Hydrant sign in the road may be punched by anyone in the vicinity).
The conditions for inclusion into the trope
- The game must be spontaneous and played in real-time.
- The game must have various rules/playstyles, with no 'consensus' about which set of rules to follow
- The game specifically allows that even people that are unaware of the rules or even the game's existence may become forfeit victims, depending on how nice their friends are.
- There must be no obvious 'reward' for winning, except your feeling of smugness over your friend (i.e. calling shotgun for cars would be excluded)
- The game must be simple - if there are any written rules, they shouldn't require more than a couple of average-length sentences to describe in full.
- The game is ongoing, i.e. not round-based, and indefinite.
Expect there to be arguments over interpretations of 'rules' if there are any, yet people end up forfeiting regardless. Also, expect that people whose friends play these games slowly begin to absorb them and they do things such as skipping over FH signs while alone or saying 'Punch Buggy ' and then stopping because no one is around to hear it.
Related to Calvinball, as an essential aspect of both tropes is that humour is derived from one or more characters having an incomplete knowledge of the rules and yet must still play the seemingly illogical game, because of Rule of Funny.
I can personally confirm Truth in Television for all of the above that I have mentioned.
- Played with in How I Met Your Mother. Barney started believing since his accident in "Miracles". In "The Finale Page", he gets jinxed throughout the entire episode and his friends make fun of him by refusing to say his name. When he is accidentally unjinxed by Ted in the end, Barney briefly jinxes him to tell him about his proposal plan and then jinxes Marshall and Lily in retaliation.
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